PRINCE2 Starting up a Project vs Initiation
What's the difference?
Starting up a Project is the first Process in PRINCE2. But the Initiating a Project process is the first Stage in a PRINCE2 project. This is question which often confuses students. To understand the beginning of a PRINCE2 project, you need to know:
Why does PRINCE2 have 2 starts?
And what is the difference between Starting Up a Project (SU) and Initiating a Project (IP)?
What is Starting Up a Project and why do we need it?
Organizations always have lots of ideas for projects. They might be well thought out or they might be a mad scheme the CEO thought up on their last overseas trip. The ideas themselves might be clearly documented (they could be part your corporate objectives for this year) or they might be just “back of envelope” stuff. PRINCE2 calls this initial information the Project Mandate and I've added it to the graphic, which comes from the PRINCE2 manual Whatever the idea or information which triggers a potential project, this Project Mandate needs a sanity check before you start spending money and committing resources to a full scale project So that’s what SU if for. It exist to answer one question: “do we have a worthwhile and viable project.” The SU chapter actually says that it is as much about stopping daft ideas as ensuring that good ones go forward. Starting Up a Project should be short and inexpensive relative to the project itself and aimed at answering the “is it worth it” question, at a high level.